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Executive Director

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), located in Burlington VT, is seeking an Executive Director who will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency and as such directs and administers all programs, operations, and activities, and oversees the organization of the staff and departments. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners and performs such duties and functions as they may prescribe, as well as fulfilling the role of Secretary of the Agency.

VHFA strives to be a housing resource for all of Vermont and this position is expected to provide the leadership to achieve that goal. The Executive Director will focus on three primary areas:

  • Advocacy and development of the housing finance industry. Works within Vermont and nationally with a variety of key public and private partners to develop policies and programs to promote sustainable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Vermonters, and supports the vitality and economic development of Vermont communities.
  • Financing and development of affordable housing stock.  Formulates specific housing program goals, financial objectives and priorities to encourage the investment of private capital and housing tax credits to stimulate the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing, and the purchase and sale of existing homes throughout the State through the use of public financing.
  • Internal and external leadership.  Represents the Agency before public and industry groups, the State Legislature and its committees, and individuals involved with VHFA in any capacity. Works closely with Vermont’s congressional delegation to promote the availability of federal housing programs to serve Vermonters.

The candidate must have knowledge of the public finance programs and housing policies. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred) and ten years’ experience in a progressively more responsible role within the affordable housing and/or public finance arenas. The ideal candidate would have five years’ management experience and knowledge of or experience working in Vermont. Familiarity and experience navigating the political process is desirable, as are strong technical and computer skills.

Candidates must demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be able to manage multiple priorities in a fluid environment. VHFA has a strong cohesive team environment and is looking for an individual who desires to lead that team in pursuit of their mission. This position requires some travel inside and outside of Vermont and dependable personal transportation. A desire to help the Agency fulfill its mission and vision through excellence and innovation are paramount.

Named a “Best Small/Medium Place to Work in Vermont” in 2016, 2017 and 2018, VHFA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. This posting and a summary of benefits is available at www.vhfa.org/careers. Please send cover letter, resume and references to HR@vhfa.org by 4:00 pm, August 1, 2018.    Position will be open until filled.

VHFA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. We highly encourage women, persons with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.